The Artist’s Way

posted September 10th, 2009 by Janet Graham - One Comment

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is a classic.   The author describes its essence when she says: “In 1978 I began teaching artists how to “unblock” and “get back on their feet” after a creative injury. I shared with them the tools I had learned through my own creative practice. I kept it all as easy and gentle as I could.”   I love the way she describes being inspired to begin teaching the Artist’s Way because I believe it describes how each of us receives the gift of “inspiration”.  She says: “Like all artists — like all of us if we listen — I experience inspiration. I was “called” to teach and I answered that call somewhat grudgingly.”

My favourite exercises from this book are the Morning Pages and the weekly Artist’s Date. However, I love the entire 12 week program. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is at a time in their life where they are looking to reenergize themselves from a creative or any other perspective.

The book is full of fabulous quotes. Some of my favourites include:

“The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.” Julia Cameron

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anais Nin

“If I allow myself to be bullied and cowed by other people’s urges for me to be more normal or more nice, I sell myself out. They may like me better, feel more comfortable with my more conventional appearance or behaviour, but I will hate myself.” Julia Camerson

“Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.”  Joseph Campbell

“You’re either losing your mind — or gaining your soul. Life is meant to be an artist date. That’s why we were created.” Julia Cameron

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One Response to “The Artist’s Way”

Comment from Andrew Bray
Time September 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Interesting how the art world can tie into other aspects of life. Robert Genn is a painter who distributes twice weekly emails, and here are two quotes he has passed on:

“Given an equal amount of intelligence, timidity will cause a thousand times more problems than audacity.” – Carl von Clausewitz

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence” – Pearl S. Buck


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